Every so often, our alums return to campus to make Richmond the home for their career achievements. We’re lucky to have Julie McConnell, L’99, part of our faculty, especially since she just earned the title of 2018’s Woman of Achievement by the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA).

“I am humbled to be recognized by my peers for this award, as so many of the extraordinary women who have previously received this recognition are my legal ‘sheroes,’” McConnell said. “This organization was one of the first places I turned for mentorship, and its core mission has helped so many young women find their path.”

McConnell is the director of UR Law’s Children’s Defense Clinic and also helped publish the MRWBA’s Virginia Domestic Relations Pamphlet, a free comprehensive legal guide provided to domestic violence shelters, advocacy agencies and law enforcement agencies in both English and Spanish.

UR Law Dean Wendy Purdue said: “I’m so proud, but not surprised, to see Julie recognized in such a significant way for her contributions to the profession. She’s made an immense impact on the legal community thanks to her passion for children’s defense and her unwavering dedication to providing Richmond Law students with the strongest learning experience possible.”

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Julie!

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